FELONY DUI CHARGES AGAINST GREENE DISMISSED

 

(Walhalla, SC.) On September 6, 2014, the South Carolina Highway Patrol responded to a multi-vehicle collision at the intersection of US 76 and Sheep Farm Road in Oconee County.  This collision resulted in the death of Michele Wright, age 28, and Joshua Silvers, age 29, of Iva, South Carolina.   

 

Based upon information obtained at the scene of the collision and witness accounts, the South Carolina Highway Patrol concluded that Drew Woodall Greene, age 52, of Westminster, was traveling at a high rate of speed when he failed to obey the traffic signal at the intersection.  Witnesses reported seeing Mr. Greene in an unconscious state as he was traveling down US 76 and approached the intersection.  His Chevrolet truck came to a complete stop in the right lane in front of Fatz restaurant.  Subsequently, the truck began to slowly regain speed and move completely onto the curb in front of O’Reilly’s Auto Parts.  As the truck left the curb and re-entered the roadway, it began to rapidly accelerate as it entered the intersection.  According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team, Mr. Greene was traveling at 72MPH when his truck collided with the victims’ car.  Five cars were involved in the accident.  When law enforcement arrived on the scene they observed a significant number of empty beer cans in the rear of Mr. Greene’s vehicle and on the roadway.  Mr. Greene smelled of alcohol, as unopened and damaged beer cans were present and spilling in the passenger compartment of the vehicle.  Mr. Greene was incoherent and disoriented at the scene.  He was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital. 

 

At Greenville Memorial Hospital, Mr. Greene voluntarily submitted to blood testing to determine his blood alcohol concentration.  Two blood samples were collected in accord with protocol set forth by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, including strict chain of custody requirements, and transferred to SLED for testing.   

 

In interviews with law enforcement that night, Mr. Greene had no memory of the collision or the time period prior to the collision.  He also presented that night with slurred speech and confusion.  In subsequent interviews, Mr. Greene continued to have no recollection of this event. 

 

As a result of that evening’s investigation, the South Carolina Highway Patrol charged Mr. Greene with 2 counts of Felony Driving under the Influence resulting in death. 

 

On November 7, 2014, the Toxicology Division of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division issued their report in this matter.  The report indicated that blood samples provided by Mr. Greene were negative for ethanol.  Two separate samples were tested and supported the scientific conclusion that Mr. Greene’s blood alcohol level at the time of this incident was 0.0.  Furthermore, additional testing revealed no drugs in Mr. Greene’s system. 

 

Hospital records revealed that Mr. Greene suffers from lactic acidosis, a condition marked by a dangerous increase of lactic acid levels in the bloodstream.  The levels of lactic acid present in Mr. Greene’s body were such that disorientation, confusion, loss of consciousness, and seizures would likely result.  Witness accounts are consistent with the symptoms of someone who is suffering from lactic acidosis.  The symptoms of lactic acidosis can be easily confused with someone who appears to be in an intoxicated state.  However, alcohol was not a factor in this incident. 

 

Based upon the evidence in this case, criminal prosecution in this matter is not supported by law and charges against Mr. Greene have been dismissed.

 

FISCHER SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS

(Anderson, SC.) Shaine David Fischer pled guilty to two counts of Accessory after the fact to murder for his involvement in the deaths of Tony McGinnis and Andrea Kelley Mitchell today.  Judge Letitia Verdin sentenced Fischer to a total of 30 years, 15 years on each count to be served consecutively.  

 

The bodies of the victims were discovered in November of 2012, dismembered in barrels found in Lake Hartwell by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.  Tips in a missing persons report filed in the disappearance of Tony McGinnis eventually led to the bodies being recovered.

 

FAILURE TO REGISTER SENDS SEX OFFENDER TO PRISON

 

(Anderson, SC). Thirty-nine year old Chad E. Cooper pled guilty today in Anderson General Sessions Court to failure to register as a sex offender, 3rd offense. The Honorable Thomas Hughston, Jr. sentenced Cooper to 5 years suspended to 3 years in prison with 2 years’ probation to follow.

 

Cooper was placed on the sex offender registry following a kidnapping conviction in 2000. “In order to keep the community informed and as safe as possible, it is critical that sex offenders who have been released from prison register,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams. “When a sex offender refuses to follow this law we will prosecute.”

 

WILLIAMS RECEIVES 3 LIFE SENTENCES

(Anderson, SC). Jared Michael Williams pled guilty today in Anderson General Sessions Court to 3 counts of murder, 4 counts of attempted murder, armed robbery, grand larceny, carjacking and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. The Honorable Letitia Verdin sentenced Williams to 3 consecutive life terms. 

 

On March 5, 2014, Williams shot and killed Victor Vandergrift, Hank Eaton and Wanda Anderson while at the home of one of the victims in Pelzer. The defendant fled the scene in a truck belonging to Ms. Anderson. Officers from Anderson County pursued Williams in a high-speed chase which crossed over into Greenville County. Greenville County officers joined in the pursuit. The defendant fired shots at the officers and then abandoned the stolen truck. As he ran from the abandoned truck, Williams approached a woman and her child and demanded the keys. The mother immediately threw herself over her child. The defendant then ran onto a construction site where he stole another truck and fled as officers once again pursued him. During the pursuit, Williams sideswiped another car and then crashed the truck into a house, knocking it off the foundation.  He was then taken into custody.  

 

“Our hearts go out to the family members who lost loved ones as well as those who survived this horrible ordeal,” stated Solicitor Chrissy Adams. “These crimes most certainly would qualify for the death penalty which is a very long and arduous process. Although their lives have been irreparably damaged by the acts of Jared Williams, the survivors will be able to begin the healing process by the acceptance of the imposition of 3 life sentences.”